On 30th July Dan Richards’s The Beechwood Airship Interviews became the final book to be published by our sister imprint The Friday Project. A journey into the headspaces and workplaces of some of Britain’s most unique artists, The Observer called it ‘a wonderful jigsaw puzzle of a book’. Appropriately enough (considering this month’s blog theme is Festival), it’s absolutely brimming with musicians, artists, actors and comedians, including the likes of the Manic Street Preachers, Stewart Lee, Jenny Saville and Vaughn Oliver. It also features a titanic and tantalising Discography, a list which collects all the music Dan listened to or had recommended to him during the writing of the book. Here, Dan picks the 17 tracks on that list that matter to him most.
This month we’re turning the blog into the ‘4th Estate Festival’, celebrating all our music-themed books and our musically-inclined authors. To kick us off, here’s Carl Barât of The Libertines on how he met a certain Mr. Peter Doherty, from his autobiography ‘Threepenny Memoir’. Best enjoyed with the reunited band’s new single ‘Gunga Din’ spinning in the background.